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Cape Town Self Drive Holiday Garden Route South Africa Safari

Cape Town + Garden Route + Safari (self drive)
SCA12C
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,790
Per person sharing
International flights + car hire quoted separately
Cape Town Self Drive Holiday Garden Route South Africa Safari

This classic Cape Town self-drive holiday covers the scenic Garden Route in South Africa, ending with a luxury 'Big Five' safari in the Eastern Cape. View Table Mountain & penguins at Cape Point, explore Stellenbosch's winelands & seaside towns of Knysna & Plettenberg Bay, with whale watching in season (July to Oct) & optional shark diving & Tsitsikamma adventure activities. All park fees & game drives included.

Cape Town Self Drive Holiday Garden Route South Africa Safari
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Cape Town Self Drive Holiday
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Table Mountain
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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Hermanus
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Oudthoorn
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Garden Route South Africa
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Knysna
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Plettenberg Bay
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Tsitsikamma & Addo
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Big-5 Safari
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Cape Town Self Drive Holiday
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Table Mountain
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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Hermanus
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Oudthoorn
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Garden Route South Africa
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Knysna
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Plettenberg Bay
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Tsitsikamma & Addo
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Big-5 Safari
Day 1
You will be met at Cape Town Airport and transferred to your hotel in this beautiful city, within sight of Table Mountain.
 
Check in and relax in your magnificent surroundings.
Day 2
Today is free for independent sightseeing in Cape Town.
 
To orientate yourself, we suggest you purchase a pass onboard the convenient Red Route Hop-Off Bus, which stops at all Cape Town’s key sights and attractions, including the Table Mountain cable car (discounted tickets are sold on the bus). Here you can ascend and enjoy one of the world's most famous views.
 
Continue to trendy Camps Bay beach and the many attractions of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (pay all entrance fees locally).
 
Note: Don't let the colour of the bus confuse you. All buses are red, but they run two different routes - the Red City Route and the Blue Kirstenbosch Route.
Day 3
This morning your hire car will be dropped off at your hotel.
 
We recommend you spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve peninsula. Start with an optional short boat trip from Hout Bay to view Cape Fur seals at Seal Island and continue via Chapman’s Peak Drive to spectacular Cape Point where you may see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July/November).
 
On the return journey we recommend driving through naval Simons Town and visit the resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach. You can also make a short stop at the world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens, before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 4
Drive 45-minutes to the beautiful Stellenbosch Winelands.
 
Along the way we recommend stopping at the Cheetah Outreach project in Somerset West, a community-based programme seeking to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and campaign for its survival.
 
You can also stop at one or more wine estates along the famous Stellenbosch wine route. Check into your hotel in this famous wine producing area, relax under the giant oak trees and savour the fine food and wines of this region.
Day 5
At leisure to relax in beautiful Stellenbosch, surrounded by its mountains and vineyards.
 
Explore this old university town with its many street markets, craft shops and museums, including the Modern & Contemporary Art Gallery, or visit Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens.
 
You can also self-drive the wine routes of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl with many opportunities for wine tasting at famous wine estates. Alternatively use the Vine Hopper hop-off bus to explore these winelands or book an optional small group tour.
 
In the evening there are several fine dining restaurants in the area (advance booking strongly recommended).
 
Note: Vine Hopper bus does not operate on Sundays.
Day 6
Drive 2-hours today from Stellenbosch to the small seaside town of Hermanus, travelling along the scenic coastal route through Gordon’s Bay and along the False Bay coast.
 
Along the way we suggest a detour to the Stoney Point Penguin Colony in the small coastal town of Bettys Bay. You may also want to visit Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, renowned for its fynbos flowers. The walk through the gorge and down to the waterfall is particularly rewarding (pay all entrance fees locally).
 
Continue to Hermanus and check into your hotel. From July to November, southern right and humpback whales come here to breed and this is considered the best location for land-based Whale Watching in the world. Once severely endangered, these magnificent creatures of the deep are now breeding successfully in the area due to a major international conservation effort.
Day 7
Today drive 4-hours along the scenic Route 62 through the dramatic Little Karoo to Oudtshoorn.
 
Along the way we suggest you stop at the historic town of Swellendam - the third oldest town in South Africa, with some wonderful examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
 
On arrival we suggest visiting an Ostrich Farm to see these huge flightless birds in their natural surroundings (pay locally), before checking into your hotel.
Day 8
We suggest that today you visit the famous Cango Caves – a vast series of underground halls and caverns formed over 20 million years ago in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. The caves, which extend for over 3 miles, contain spectacular stalagmites and stalactites and offer relatively easy access.
 
If you are adventurous and enjoy driving on steep gravel mountain passes, you can detour via the Swartberg Pass (about 1-hour) to Prince Albert. You can return the same way, or head east along the base of the mountain and return to Oudtshoorn via the Meiringspoort Pass (about 2-hours). This detour offers spectacular views, but a 4x4 vehicle is recommended.
 
Then continue 2-hours through the magnificent Outeniqua Pass to the oyster capital of Knysna in the heart of the scenic Garden Route. Enjoy the beaches of Wilderness and the lakes of Sedgefield, before checking in to your hotel in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
 
Note: In season we recommend booking Knysna restaurants online in advance of your visit, to avoid disappointment.
Day 9
This morning we suggest you make your way to Knysna Waterfront in good time to board the MV John Benn for a relaxing 1.5-hour cruise to the 'Heads' of beautiful Knysna Lagoon (pay locally - but advance booking is recommended to avoid disappointment).
 
Afterwards we suggest you drive to Knysna Elephant Park, for the opportunity to interact with and feed these gentle giants for 45-minutes (pay entrance fee locally).
 
You can then drive to nearby Plettenberg Bay to enjoy its spendid beaches.
 
Note: Subject to availability, it is possible to book a night of self-catering accommodation in Knysna Elephant Park. The en-suite bedrooms overlook the outdoor boma and the communal lounge overlooks the elephants' sleeping area - allowing you to watch them browse, feed and sleep.
Day 10
Today drive 1.5-hours along the beautiful Garden Route to Tsitsikamma.
 
After driving past the beaches of Plettenberg Bay, you can stop at the Monkeyland and/or Birds of Eden sanctuaries, or at Tenikwa Wild Cat Centre (pay entrance fees locally). Then continue northwards across the dramatic Storms River Gorge where, time permitting, we recommend a 2-hour detour to the Storms River Mouth.
 
Check into your accommodation and enjoy the flora and bird life of the Tsitsikamma Forest.
Day 11
Today drive for 3-hours from Tsitsikamma to your malaria-free private game reserve near Addo in the beautiful Eastern Cape.
 
Along the way we suggest you stop at Addo Elephant Park for a self drive game drive (pay gate fee locally). Here you can view these magnificent animals which once roamed free in this area and were saved from extinction by this national park, which has also preserved the rare Cape buffalo and the flying dung beetle.
 
Continue to your game lodge, check in and enjoy an afternoon open top game drive. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately and hopefully see several species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest and maybe even giraffe - as well as several of the Big Five - before dining in your warm African surroundings.
 
Note: Ensure you arrive at your lodge in good time (preferably by 2.30 pm latest) so you do not miss your afternoon game drive.
Day 12
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day and enjoy a thrilling open-top game viewing safari with your lodge ranger in your Private Game Reserve which is home to all the Big Five - Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino. Hope to see many interesting species before returning to your lodge for breakfast.
   
The rest of the morning is free to relax by the lodge swimming pool, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. Hope to see giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals. With hundreds of different bird species, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed!
  
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
 
Note: If travelling with a child < 6 please request a family lodge that allows young children on open top game drives.
Day 13
Enjoy some final early morning game viewing, before driving 2-hours to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight home.